All 26 ELCA colleges and universities offer students the opportunity to study abroad through programs of their own and with partners.
A few meet and even surpass Pacific Lutheran University's 40 percent of students who study-away, to say nothing of the 3 percent national rate.
Like the Tacoma, Wash., school, some ELCA colleges have or are planning new interpretations of global studies at home. It may be because it's easier or less expensive for students and the college, or perhaps it's a deeper appreciation of what immigrant communities have to offer.
Even before freshmen at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, settled into class this fall, they had a chance to participate in a five-day immersion called Telios: Urban Experience.
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